Altamont HS Teen Dead From Gunshot Wound

(VANDALIA, IL) — Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen is investigating the shooting death Saturday of a 15-year-old rural St. Elmo male. Bowen identified the teen as Altamont High School Sophomore Tanner Rupinski. He says Rupinski was killed on County Road 1700N of a single gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:26 p.m. Saturday in the Fayette County portion of Altamont. Bowen says the case remains under investigation, and an autopsy is scheduled for today. According to Altamont Superintendent Jeff Fritchtnitch, the Altamont district’s counseling team and a team from the Regional Superintendent’s Office were in place starting at 7:30 a.m. today for junior high and high school students and teachers who need to talk about the incident.